18. May 2017

Ricky Ross, lead singer, songwriter and founder of multimillion album selling group Deacon Blue follows the release of 2016’s “Believers”, the band’s most successful studio album in 23 years and “Live at The Glasgow Barrowlands”, the recently released UK Number 1 Music DVD, with a solo album and tour, “Short Stories Vol.1”. Album to be released on CD, vinyl and digitally on September 15th, 2017 on earMUSIC.

The album was recorded over two days at Chameleon Studios in Hamburg and had its sumptuous strings and choir added back in Glasgow. It finds Ricky Ross playing brand news songs, revisiting well-known Deacon Blue tracks and other less well known songs from throughout his 30 year career as one of Britain’s best loved songwriters.

The idea of the album will be further developed on the just announced extensive Autumn tour, with Ricky at the piano, playing special venues across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Holland, presenting his songs and
telling stories about what has influenced his songwriting from across his entire career.

For the first time tickets for the tour are available to buy alongside the album and doing so unlocks an exclusive, limited edition, numbered 7" vinyl containing a new recording of the Deacon Blue classic 'Raintown' recorded with a beautiful backing choir, along with a brand  new track 'A Soldiers Song'. Both recordings are only available on the limited 7" vinyl.
In Ricky's own words: "This album is like a souvenir of my solo shows, which are a very different beast to Deacon Blue live. They're intimate, minimal, a chance for me to revisit songs that started out life with just piano and vocals and take them back to their roots, as well as play some new songs inspired by recent times."

Short Stories Vol. 1 – CD and 12” track list

1. I Thought I Saw You
2. Raintown   
3. I’m Supposed To Love You
4. At My Weakest Point   
5. Wages Day
6. Goin’ Back   
7. A Gordon For Me
8. The Germans Are Out Today
9. I Was Right and You Were Wrong
10. Only God and Dogs
11. Siggy The Bully
12. The Kid At The Airport

Limited 7" Vinyl Edition

1. Raintown (Choral Version)
2. A Soldiers Song

Short Stories Vol. 1 – Tour dates

04.11.2017    Utrecht, Club Nine (NL)
05.11.2017    Berlin, Passionskirche (GER)
07.11.2017    Hamburg, Imperial Theater (GER)
09.11.2017    Cheltenham, Pittville Pump Room (UK)
10.11.2017    Bristol, St George’s Hall (UK)
12.11.2017    Yeovil, Westlands (UK)
14.11.2017    Dundee, Gardyne Theatre (UK)
15.11.2017    Aberdeen, Tivoli (UK)
16.11.2017    Edinburgh, The Queens Hall (UK)
18.11.2017    Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall (UK)
19.11.2017    Glasgow, St Luke’s (UK)
20.11.2017    Glasgow, St Luke’s (UK)
24.11.2017    Billericay, Emmanuel Church (UK)
25.11.2017    Milton Keynes, The Stables (UK)
26.11.2017    Gateshead, The Sage (UK)
28.11.2017    Sheffield, Memorial Hall (UK)
29.11.2017    London, Cadogan Hall (UK)
01.12.2017    Liverpool, Capstone Theatre (UK)
02.12.2017    Buxton, Pavilion Arts Centre (UK)
05.12.2017    Dublin, Sugar Club (IRL)
06.12.2017    Kilkenny, The Set (IRL)
07.12.2017    Belfast, Empire Music Hall (UK)